La Lorraine et l'Alsace.
1676 (dated) 16 x 21.5 in (40.64 x 54.61 cm)
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This is a beautiful 1676 map of the French wine making region of Lorraine and Alsace by Pierre Duval. It covers the north east portion of France along with parts of neighboring Germany and Luxemburg from Luxemburg City south as far as Basel, Switzerland and from Saint-Dizier, France east to Baden-Baden, Germany. The map renders the entire region in extraordinary detail offering both topographical and political information with cities, mountains and forests beautifully rendered in profile.
This region, which traded hands several times between France and Germany, is known for its exceptional cuisine, wines, and unique culture. Alsace is known for its fine white wines and along with Austria and Germany, this region produces the world's most desirable dry Rieslings. This mountainous area of the Alsace wine region and is known for its production of both Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The region surrounding Strasbourg on the west bank of the Rhine River is known for producing Munster cheese.
A key to the towns in included on both sides of the map proper. A beautiful title cartouche adorns the top right quadrant of the map, while another cartouche in the lower left quadrant features the scale. The top border is also beautifully decorated. This map was created by P. Duval in 1676.
Very good. Minor wear and verso reinforcement along original centerfold. Some foxing in upper left quadrant and lower margin. Minor offsetting.